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New Restaurant Alert: Agave del Scottsdale Is a Ticket to Mexico City

Agave del Scottsdale
The pink chandeliers at the new Agave del Scottsdale.
Scottsdale’s Mercado Del Lago Mall has recently welcomed a new tenant. The Mexico City-inspired Agave del Scottsdale has opened in the former Butters Pancakes & Café spot at the southeast corner of Hayden Road and Via de Ventura.

Agave del Scottsdale packs its menu with high-end Mexican cuisine.

One starter includes a trio of sopecitos weighed down with chicken tinga, shrimp, chorizo, and potato; there are also four types of ceviche — tuna, octopus, shrimp, and white fish. Mains include Chilean sea bass with Coronado pasila chile sauce, prime filet mignon with corn truffle sauce, and a baked salmon filet with fried spinach and sweet basil sauce.

click to enlarge The Salmon Maya with fried spinach and sweet basil sauce. - AGAVE DEL SCOTTSDALE
The Salmon Maya with fried spinach and sweet basil sauce.
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Mole is served over chicken or pork after 48-hour prep sessions — inspired by generations-old family recipes.


To drink, Agave del Scottsdale will specialize in what else, margaritas and tequila-based cocktails. There will be more than 100 varieties of tequila, as well as a tequila cart that will wheel around for tableside service. Mix that with fresh juice and fruit, including flavors like watermelon, kiwi, hibiscus, and spicy cucumber, for a pretty memorable margarita. Options also include mezcal, wine, and anything from the full bar.

click to enlarge Margaritas reign at Agave del Scottsdale thanks to more than 100 choices of tequila. - AGAVE DEL SCOTTSDALE
Margaritas reign at Agave del Scottsdale thanks to more than 100 choices of tequila.
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There’s also a fully renovated, Mexico City-inspired dining room. Diners enter via wooden doors imported from Mexico. Upon entry, eyes will shoot straight to the shimmering pink chandeliers and the copper-coated bar top. When the weather cools off, garage doors will open over the bar area, and huge sliding glass doors will open up to the patio area.

“We are excited to bring Agave del Scottsdale to the community and share what we are passionate about,” general manager Hector Soto said in a press release, “genuine Mexican food, diverse tequila, refined hospitality and entertainment.”

Agave del Scottsdale.
8390 East Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480-248-6901
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday